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Friday, May 25, 2012

Latest robotic systems, simulator now being used by St. Francis Health surgeons

INDIANAPOLIS – With the consolidation of surgical services to the Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis campus, an additional da Vinci Si system has been installed to match the existing model.

The hospital’s older da Vinci S system was sold to St. James Health, a Franciscan Alliance sister hospital with campuses in Chicago Heights and Olympia Fields.

“This was a very important move for us from a standardization perspective,” said Rhonda Anders, RN, director of perioperative services. “Most of our surgeons trained on the Si model, not the older S model. Now that Indianapolis has two Si machines, we have the ability to standardize our equipment and instrumentation and change out components if necessary.”

The Si model builds on the previous da Vinci technology but also provides advanced 3D HD visualization with up to 10x magnification and an immersive view of the operative field. In addition to the new Si, the Surgery Department added a da Vinci simulation package, allowing physicians to practice for hours on the simulator and hone their skills on difficult procedures such as suturing and using clipping devices.

“The simulator gives the surgeon a score on his or her performance, so it is more than just practice,” said Anders. “It helps establish competence, along with confidence.”

The new da Vinci Si also came with dual consoles, so that two surgeons can operate in collaboration. While one performs the primary tasks of the operation, the second surgeon can assist with another task, such as retraction.

“Having two consoles is fantastic for teaching residents or training new surgeons,” said Dipen Maun, MD, of the Kendrick Colon and Rectal Center.

The Indianapolis Surgery Department has a goal to increase da Vinci surgical procedures to four a day throughout the weekdays.

The da Vinci system was developed nearly 15 years ago at the urging of the Department of Defense. Military surgeons were looking for ways they could perform procedures from remote locations, far from battlefields.

While that ultimate goal has yet to be realized, the computerized robotic system has been welcomed by surgeons in public and private hospitals worldwide.

More information about the Kendrick Regional Center for Colon and Rectal Care, located on the St. Francis Hospital-Mooresville campus, is at